Say what you will of me, I love Microsoft Excel. I don’t think my life as a system administrator would be as easy without it. Basically, I love it for Autofill in combination with it’s text functions, and also for charting.
There are three things I’d love to see Excel do better, in these regards:
- I wish Autofill recognized IP addresses. It will increment them now as numbers, but when I get to x.y.z.256 I have to start over. Not a huge deal, just would be nice to see it say “Hey, this is an IP” and do x.y.z+1.0 or something.
- I wish Excel in general, and Autofill in particular, could handle hexadecimal numbers. And along with #1, IPv6 addresses would be cool.
- I wish the charts had color scheme options that accommodated people with color blindness. 25% of the people in my group have some form of color blindness. I’d love a series of checkboxes where I could indicate the types of color blindness I’m dealing with (total color blindness, red-green, or blue-yellow) and have it choose better colors.
That’s all. Maybe I’ll see if there’s a way to submit these directly to Microsoft.
Update: I love blogs… Mark Bower has the link in a post, first hit in Google.